ETCMA events on the TCM congress

in Rothenburg 2016

As many of you are aware each year the largest TCM conference outside of China takes place in the scenic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber Germany. 

Many Associations from around Europe send their Presidents and Executive Committee members so with this in mind the ETCMA has increased its visibility and networking at this conference. ETCMA is now responsible for many of the Political and educational Meetings that take place. We are proud to say that we have run a very successful European School Leaders Day for over 10 years at Rothenburg.



Please see below some reports from the wonderful events that took place this year. If you would like further details on each of these meeting please contact for full minutes.

  • Reception with ETCMA members
  • Signing of MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with NCCAOM, ANF and the Russian Society of Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • WHO Forum
  • 2nd EU-US Meeting
  • ESLD (European School Leaders Day)

1. Reception with ETCMA members

(by Jiri Bilek, the Head of the Communications Committee of ETCMA)

There are number of reasons why the ETCMA launched a new tradition of meetings with its members this year in Rothenburg. Among the main ones are creating an opportunity for real contacts aside from electronic correspondence and showing that ETCMA is an organisation represented by real people working for other real people. So far the only opportunity for such meetings has been an annual General Assembly, but there are only two representatives on behalf of each member association there.

The ETCMA held a reception evening and invited all board members and committee members that were in attendance at the conference. We got an overwhelming response and over 60 people turned up.

The feedback from participants proved the importance of such meetings, so another such reception is planned for the next year during the TCM Congress in Rothenburg.

2. Signing of MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with NCCAOM, ANF and Russian Society of Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine

(by Jiri Bilek, the Head of the Communications Committee of ETCMA)

A vital purpose and important focus of ETCMA as an European umbrella organization is networking with establishments outside our region as well as promoting transcontinental cooperation in TCM. As a result of this, three more MOUs have been signed in Rothenburg this year:

  • MOU with NCCAOM (The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of the USA, ) represented by chairperson Eugene London
  • MOU with ANF (Acupuncture Now Foundation, ) represented by president Matthew Bauer
  • MOU with Russian Society of Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine represented by  Dr Konstantin Lyzyanin

3. 3rd WHO Forum and discussion with WHO representatives

(by  Carla Fuhlrot, the Vice President of ETCMA)

ETCMA has organised the 3rd WHO Forum at Hotel Eisenhut in Rothenburg. Apart from the Moderators 23 people participated from all around Europe and the world. 

The Forum / Presentations:

ICD-11 traditional Medicine Chapter:
Feedback from Pilot Field Test in Europe & International Peer Review
Integration of TCM – The Role of WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy and ICD-11
Presenter: Zhang Qi, Coordinator, TCM Unit WHO

Update on ICD-11 TM Chapter development
Presenter: Nenad Konstanjsek, Technical Officer, DSI Unit, WHO

Pilot Testing ICD-11 TM Codes in Europe
Presenter: John Hughes, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, London, UK

For those who are interested in more detailed information, presentations are available upon request.

Prof. Zhang Qi presented a global overview of the use of TM. As an example in Europe 100,000,000 people use TM. WHO provides Guidelines for Interaction of Western and Traditional Medicine based on research. The target of WHO is to integrate TM in the Healthcare System and to develop a working plan to integrate TM. WHO established benchmarks for training and practice. The purpose of ICD 11 is to make TM countable.

For the first time ETCMA has arranged an afternoon with Zhang Qi, Nenad Konstanjsek and John Hughes.  Participants had the possibility to ask direct questions and to hold an open discussion with the WHO persons in charge of TM.

The afternoon was chaired by Carla Fuhlrott (Vice President of ETCMA) and Hanna Angerud (SATCM Sweden). Hanna has studied the strategic paper “WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023” extensively. The afternoon was visited by approx. 15 people from Sweden, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, USA, Austria and Germany, mostly chairs or board members of TCM professional associations.

Hanna opened the discussion with direct questions to the WHO TM Strategy. The discussion was very lively. It is a pity that Zhang Qi was a typical politician. The questions addressed to him weren’t answered but rather “talked around”.

The participants appreciated very much the possibility of this open discussion.

4. 2nd EU-US meeting

(by Caoimhe Mc Glinchey, the Honorary Secretary of ETCMA)

Last year the ETCMA and TCM Kongress co-hosted the first EU-US meeting organised by ETCMA. This year’s second meeting has shown a will to build stronger global connections not only for the bigger strength of such union, but also for acknowledgement of the unique values that TCM has acquired when it has settled in the Western cultural world.

The meeting was attended by 19 people from the ETCMA, ANF(Acupuncture Now Foundation), NCCAOM and AAC. This included John Scott, Charlie Buck, Gerd Ohmstede, Eugene London, Jiri Bilek, Johanna Biemans, Tom Tuchard, Kath Berry, Jake Fratkin, Marilyn Allen, Christine Chang, Mel Hopper Koppelman, Matthew Bauer, Weixiang Wang, Harriet Lansdown, Jasmine Uddin, Erick Van der Louw, Carla Fuhlrott, Caoimhe Mc Glinchey

The meeting was chaired by John Scott (USA) and Charlie Buck (UK). Following introductions of people present and which organisations they represented two main topics were chosen to discuss.

The first issue was regarding education standards and legal requirements to practice Acupuncture in Europe and Northern Europe.

It was agreed that Jasmine Uddin would lead a working group to investigate the legal regulation and educational requirements/ “credentialing” of a practitioner to enable freedom of practice from continent to continent. This group will consist of Jasmine Uddin, Christine Chang, Eugene London, Caoimhe Mc Glinchey, Mel Koppleman, Harriet Landsdown and Jiri Bilek. This report should be prepared by November 2016.

The next topic discussed was in regard to Marketing and PR of Acupuncture and TCM in the West.

It was agreed that this working group will be co-chaired by Matthew Bauer and Charlie Buck. A name for this working group will be decided by the group. Carla Fuhlrott, Kath Berry, Tom Tuchard and John Scott agreed to be part of this working group. Quarterly reports will be sent and a final report will be prepared for November 2016. The first PR task of this group will be to coordinate Acupuncture Awareness Week/ Day particularly in the lead up to the UNESCO Meeting in Paris 21/11/2018

The last topic that was discussed was in regard to Research.

It was agreed that Mel Koppleman as Vice President of ANF would continue to keep the group informed of developments and continue to look at Research from a Political Standpoint and that she would liaise with Johanna Biemans as required. It was further agreed to look for further help as required and to submit 2 reports between now and November 2016.

There will be another meeting in the USA this coming Autumn and it is hoped that Jasmine Uddin will attend on behalf of the ETCMA.

If you would like the full minutes from this meeting please contact

5. ESLD (European School Leaders Day)

(by Jasmine Uddin, the Head of the Education Committee ETCMA)

We held an extremely successful workshop this year on 'Articulating what a TCM Practitioner of today should look like and Designing a Curriculum to facilitate this.'

We were fortunate to have two leading medical educators from the UK facilitating the day, Prof Della Fish and Dr Linda de Cossart CBE.

Della is Professor of Education for Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Chester and has a chair in the Education for Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University, North Paramatta,  Australia. For the last twenty five years she has worked with almost every healthcare profession to raise standards in curriculum design and development and the activities of teaching, learning and assessment for postgraduates in the clinical setting, working with nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, surgeons, physicians, and medical and surgical assistants.

Since 1980 she has taught on and been an external examiner for a range of masters degrees for healthcare professionals in the UK. She was also the Accreditation Officer for the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board during an important time in its development.

Della was assisted by Prof Linda de Cossart CBE, a retired surgeon, who is now a medical educator. 

The day was well structured with participants working in groups of 4/5. Attendees had to work hard but were very ably and gently guided by Della and Linda. Everyone also had a lot of fun together doing some of the practical exercises, one of which concluded with a performance from each group for the others, very clearly demonstrating how we all learned things differently and how central this understanding was for effective teaching.  Attendees had been provided with a workbook outlining the key areas for learning and discussion, which also contained additional material and reading for attendees to work through in their own time. The day was divided into 4 parts:

  • The TCM practitioner of today: 'their being; doing; knowing; thinking and becoming'
  • Understanding curriculum design for professional practice:"building the essential principles and features of an educational proposal so that it is open to critical scrutiny and capable of effective translation into practice".(Stenhouse)
  • Learning, teaching, reflecting and assessing: “educating in the moral mode of practice".
  • Bringing it all together and going forward.

Filling in an evaluation sheet at the end not only provided the facilitators with feedback but helped attendees summarise what they had learnt and found valuable from the workshop.

It was a very inspirational day, with extremely positive feedback. One participant commented later on how he had realised whilst having a conversation on a topic not related to education, that it had transformed his thinking in other areas besides education, which had quite surprised him...

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